Larry Floyd, one of the co-authors of Oklahoma Hiking Trails, undoubtedly the most comprehensive book ever written about hiking trails in the state, sent me an email to let me know about new features on the Oklahoma Hiking Trails website.
The biggest addition is the news page, www.bestoklahomatrails.com/news.html, which will feature a selected hike each month, updates on state trails and hikes and any other hiking-related announcements.
The featured hike each month will be a venue from somewhere in the state and will include directions to the trailhead, a narrative of the trail and a trail map for this hike, Floyd said.
Visitors to the news page can download or print the trail map and narrative as a PDF on a standard-sized sheet of copy paper. The page also provides an email link for anyone who wants to provide hiking-related information
“We have also added a website page featuring Oklahoma’s highpoint, Black Mesa Summit at 4,973-feet and near Kenton in the far northwest corner of the Panhandle,” Floyd said. “Oklahoma’s highpoint at Black Mesa probably gets most of its traffic from outside the state, primarily members of the national Highpointers Club.
“These Highpointers have an obsessive habit of visiting the highest point in each of the 50 states. I ought to know. I have collected 44 state highpoints myself as a member of the Highpointers Club.”
The website page should serve as the definitive page for anyone from in or outside the state who wants to visit Oklahoma’s exotic highpoint in the Panhandle, Floyd said.
It also includes a PDF for downloading or printing the trail map and narrative. The Black Mesa page on the website can be found at www.bestoklahomatrails.com/blackmesatrail.html.